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Date: Jul 22, 2011

Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine’s Medical Scholars Pipeline Program Prepares Teens for Health Care Careers

Program looks to increase diversity of healthcare workforce by exposing interested students to various healthcare professions

Having the potential to become a doctor is one thing, but knowing how to achieve that goal can be a challenge for students who come from educationally or economically disadvantaged environments. That’s where the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine’s Medical Scholars Pipeline Program plays an important role in the lives of these young adults.

Pipeline Program StudentsNow in its second year, the program is designed to increase diversity of the healthcare workforce by exposing interested students from underprivileged backgrounds to various healthcare professions leading them through a rigorous four-week academic course. The five-year Medical Scholars Program begins with rising high school juniors and continues until they reach their junior year in college.

“The Medical Scholar’s Program provides invaluable knowledge to these students by providing them with experiences and skills that otherwise they might never have,” said Dr. Lawrence Smith, Dean of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. “The program doesn’t just encourage young students to dream big, but it charts the course on how to make that dream a reality.”

The 45 students enrolled this summer will attend classes on a wide range of medical issues and will be mentored by physicians and other healthcare professionals throughout the North Shore-LIJ Health System and Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. The program’s goal is to turn the students into competitive future applicants to medical schools and other health-related fields including dentistry, nursing, as well as medical technology. Students from Uniondale, Hempstead, Roosevelt, Westbury and Queens are taking part this year.

Students are introduced to the clinical, social and political issues facing the health care industry. Learning sessions are delivered on topics ranging from the ethics of medical research to the politics of health-care reform. In addition students take part in exercises to develop leadership and team-building skills, SAT prep, and CPR training, which gives them vital life-saving skills that are required for any individual entering a health-related field. As an added bonus, all students receive a Netbook and access to relevant library resources. Students also receive a stipend to make up for the reduction in potential summer earnings they might otherwise have earned.

“The Medical Scholars Pipeline Program transforms the lives of high school students by actively engaging them in hands-on exploration of healthcare professions,” says June Scarlett, Associate Dean of Administration for the School of Medicine. “Our goal is to inspire them to believe in their own strengths and intelligence, because with that, they can achieve anything.”

Similar to students in the School of Medicine, the participants rotate through programs held at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, located at Hofstra University, and at various North Shore-LIJ facilities, including its Center for Learning and Innovation and Patient Safety Institute in Lake Success, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, and hospitals throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Students are selected for this fully-funded program through an application process that includes recommendations from educators at their high schools. Grants have been generously provided by philanthropic sources, including Capital One Bank, the Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education and Uniondale High School

For more information about the program call 516-463-7550.

About the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, established in 2008, transforms the traditional model of how future generations of physicians will be educated. As the first allopathic medical school in Nassau County and the first new medical school in the New York metropolitan area in more than 40 years, the School of Medicine truly revolutionizes medical education, making it more relevant to the practice of medicine in our ever-changing world. The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine welcomes its first class of 40 students on August 1, 2011.